Masters in Theology and Mission

Beginning in Fall 2019, the Theology  and Mission specialization will be available both as a Master of Arts and Master of Divinity degree.

The Masters in Theology and Mission, featuring Professor David Fitch, equips you for local and sustainable mission by offering a strong biblical and theological base for engaging in God’s mission and for leading a community on mission.


Innovative Program

Leading a church in mission is difficult, requiring more effort than the maintenance of activities. Beyond the skills of preaching, teaching, counseling, and evangelism, pastors need the skills of theological reflection, cultural analysis, and building local community.

This program includes all the courses in Bible, Church History, and Theology that you need, but goes further. You will develop theological, missiological, and leadership skills to be a missionary pastor in the North American mission field.

Check out our 2019 Theology & Mission Lectures: June 6-7th, 2019! 



Complete the Masters in Theology and Mission from anywhere through Northern Live!

The Masters in Theology and Mission is one of the first cohort model programs to be launched via our Live-Streaming technology. Smart classroom technology enables you to interact with our premier faculty and engage in Northern’s vibrant classroom experience without leaving your faith community. Click here for more details.


The program is available on campus or via interactive live-streaming (Northern Live). Distance students will attend an annual, week-long intensive class on the main campus. See here for affordable, low-cost housing while on campus.

Rolling Enrollment

With rolling enrollment, you can join the Theology and Mission program at any quarter. Apply To The Program Here.

Innovative Pricing

The MA program offers an innovative price structure especially suited for a new kind of pastoral leader. Through scholarships available to qualified students, the cost of the program will be substantially lower than most Masters Degrees in theology.

Innovative Content

*Master of Divinity students will complete these NT specialization courses as well as the other Master of Divinity requirements.

Specialization Courses:

  • Mission-Shaped Church – MN 433
  • Theology of Church and Culture (TH 303)
  • Sexual Ethics and the Family – TE 417
  • Christianity and Pluralism – TH 406
  • Discerning the Triune God – TH 431
  • Topics in Missional Theology 1
  • Topics in Missional Theology 2
  • Topics in Missional Theology 3

Core Courses:

  • The Pentateuch (OT 301)
  • The Former Prophets (OT 302)
  • Jesus and the Gospels (NT 301)
  • Paul’s Letters and Acts (NT 302)
  • Letters to the Early Churches (NT 303)
  • History of Christianity I (CH 301)
  • History of Christianity II (CH 302
  • Christian Theology I (TH 301)
  • Christian Theology II (TH 302)
  • Masters Thesis – write an integrative paper as well as a research paper on a theology and mission topic.

Click here for an updated Progress Report.

Program Completion Time

The MA program has two options to complete the program:

  • Complete the program in four years by taking one class at a time on either Monday or Tuesday.
  • Complete the program in two years by taking two classes each quarter on both Monday and Tuesday.

The MDiv program may be completed in 3-4 years.

Uniqueness of Program

Local: Be part of a growing community of theologian-practitioners by remaining in your local ministry context while pursuing this degree through coming to campus once a week.

Mentoring: Theological and Ministry Mentoring with David Fitch (monthly integration meetings)

Faculty: First class faculty including David Fitch, Dennis Edwards, Scot McKnight, Cherith Fee Nordling, Robert Price.

Lectureship: Once a year we will have a world class missional thinker give open lectures on theology and mission that will double as a class.

For more information or to get started:

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Northern is ready to work with you to make the pursuit of theological education a reality!

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